Airlie Beach is best known for being the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine islands in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea. The opportunities for exploring the region are endless. Highly recommended is by sailboat where you can set your own pace and cruise through the islands exploring the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet or drop anchor for a swim and snorkel. Fly in a seaplane and enjoy the views of the reef from up above. Paddle with a sea kayak through the crystal clear waters. Take a drive or rent a scooter and explore the beachfront communities winding along the jagged coastline with breathtaking views of the distant Whitsunday islands. Or follow a bushwalking trail overlooking the Coral Sea. For a more relaxing schedule visit the Airlie Beach Lagoon, a manmade saltwater swimming area soaking up the sun or sip away on a cocktail. Dine at many of the waterfront alfresco restaurants where fresh seafood dominates the menu or party into the night at the various bars and nightclubs. Airline Beach is the perfect place to experience the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding islands, with fine food and relaxation assured.
The Mackay Region is best known for its spectacular rainforests, national parks, secluded islands such as Brampton and Keswick and beautiful coral reefs. The region is becoming popular for being an affordable, friendly, less crowded holiday destination with its unspoilt beauty. Visit Finch Hatton Gorge and the famous Eungella National Park. The palm fringed city centre, set beside the mighty blue Pioneer Riverand and the Pioneer Valley. Drive around historic seaside townships such as Midge Point and Sarina with country hospitality. Other highlights include the Artspace museum and gallery, Mackay Marina Village, Cape Hillsborough National Park and Regional Botanic Gardens. Or relax at golden beaches and explore the Great Barrier Reef and nearby islands. For a relatively undiscovered holiday choose Mackay which is located midway between Brisbane and Cairns and includes 200 kilometres of coastline.